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H.R. 4742 (116th): Protecting American Lungs Act of 2019

About the bill

Should e-cigarettes be taxed at the same rate as traditional cigarettes?


In recent years, vaping and e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity, particularly among young people — reversing what had previously been a decades-long decline in youth smoking rates. 27% of high school seniors, 22% of high school sophomores, and 21% of college students have reported vaping in the previous month.

To combat this, more states are taxing the products. 17 states plus the District of Columbia now have taxes specifically on vaping products, with a full half of those states implementing those taxes in 2019.

What the bill does

The Protecting American Lungs Act would tax vaping products, such as vape pens or e-cigarettes, at the same federal tax rate as traditional cigarettes.

It was introduced in …

Sponsor and status

Thomas Suozzi

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Oct 18, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 23, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Oct 18, 2019

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Oct 23, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Feb 21, 2020
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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H.R. 4742 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4742. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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